Youth MOVE Top Podcast & YouTube Picks

We hope that our recent COVID19 blogs have been useful to you all. Right now, our focus is on connecting and sharing ways to work through this crisis by offering a wide variety of resources that may assist in some way. We thought we would do something a little different this week and share some of our favorite podcasts and YouTube channels. Our staff submitted their top 3 favorite channels to share with our Youth MOVE Network!

Johanna’s Picks

Reply All (Podcast): From Gimlet Media is a podcast about the internet. It’s a podcast about humanity online, the scary interwebs, the jargon of the Twittersphere, and life in general. If you need a good belly laugh, be sure to join in to listen to PJ and Alex.

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UpFirst from NPR (Podcast): A daily news summary of the world’s news, under 15 minutes each morning. This is the fastest and most comprehensive news source I have found.

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Subtitle (Podcast): This podcast explores all things languages, often from angles I’ve never thought about before (how have we tried to speak to aliens before?) Narrated by comforting BBC voices. this is often my winddown podcast at the end of a long day.

Kristin’s Picks

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It’s Been a Minute (Podcast): When things feel complicated, it often helps to just talk it out. That’s what Sam Sanders and his guests do on It’s Been a Minute. You’ll hear conversations about news, culture, and everything in between. Discussions explore what’s happening in current events and how those events feel.

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America Dissected (Podcast): The Coronavirus is a global pandemic. How did we get here? What do we do about it now? Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a former city health commissioner, will keep you updated on what you need to know about COVID-19, what led us to this crisis in the first place, and what policies can lead us out.

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Pod Saves America (Podcast): Pod Save America is a no-nonsense conversation about politics hosted by former Obama aides Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor. It cuts through the noise to break down the week’s news and helps people figure out what matters and how they can help. They’re regularly joined by journalists, activists, politicians, entertainers, and world leaders. New episodes come out on Mondays and Thursdays.

Lydia’s Picks

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Sawbones (Podcast) – Sawbones is a medical history podcast, hosted by Dr. Sydney McElroy and her husband, Justin. There is a lot to learn, a lot of it is hilarious, and you”ll gain a sincere appreciation for having been born into a time where we do not tie frogs to our heads to cure headaches.

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The Food Psych (Podcast) – Food Psych is hosted by Christy Harrison MPH RDN. Harrison offers an insightful and compassionate examination of diet culture and all that comes with it, along with guests from a variety of backgrounds (not just nutrition!)

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The Brain Scoop (YouTube) – The Brain Scoop with Emily Graslie is out of The Field Museum in Chicago. Emily covers everything from taxidermy to astronomy, often with scientist guests on her show. You’ll learn a lot of weird, and sometimes gross, but always very cool stuff about the world we live in!

Madeline’s Picks

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Safiya Nygaard (YouTube): Saf has one of my favorite YouTube channels. She has a huge variety of vlogs including mixing every kind of saphora lipstick to make a new color, review of “free” wish items, travel vlogs, and even her and her husbands Japanese McDonald’s wedding! What is a Japanese McDonalds wedding? You’ll have to watch to find out!

Sugar Boogerz (YouTube): Laurel Diskrill is an art student who hosts an ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) video channel on YouTube and Instagram. If you don’t know what ASMR is it’s the “oddly satisfying” videos. She does things like soap cutting, glitter, and makeup experiences. I find them very comforting. Check it out!

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts (YouTube): Tiny Desk concerts are put on by NPR in order to highlight up and coming artist. Here is a link to an Indiana local band “Manners, Please,” some of my other favorites are Mac Miller and Erykah Badu

Alice’s Picks

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Unlocking Us (Podcast): You may have heard of Brene Brown, an expert in. In this podcast, Brene talks about some of the topics she’s researched, sometimes alone, other times with great guests. I find it great for self-reflection.

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Embedded (Podcast): This investigative journalism podcast digs deep into news-related stories (and Kelly McEvers, the host, is amazing).

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Meditation Minis (Podcast): I just started this one because I really wanted a very very short prompt to calm + recenter. Each episode is 5-10 minutes long and very grounding, especially for a mediation newbie like me.

Matt’s Picks

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Matt D’Avella (YouTube): This Matt, unlike me, is a minimalist, and his videos center around making life simple and looking at ways to take time and space for yourself. Although not a mental health channel, looking at ways to combat procrastination, stepping away from the screen, and managing your time.


PHLEARN (YouTube): PHLEARN is one of my favorite tutorial channels on YouTube. They focus on photography and creating beautiful images, but if you are looking to learn a new skill or how to give yourself a digital tattoo, there is a tutorial to do almost anything with a photograph!

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Prince EA (YouTube): Whenever I need a good inspirational video, I throw on some Prince EA. Using metaphors like “Can we autocorrect humanity” using spoken word, his videos are uplifting and poignant.

Hopefully, you all can find a new favorite in the list! If you have a a Podcast or YouTube channel you like, share in the comments!


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